Ernest W. Beutel, MD JD

Ernest W. Beutel, MD JD

Ernest William Beutel was a husband, father, doctor, lawyer, naval officer, scholar, role model and inspiration to us all. His family and friends would say he built more than just a life… He built a legacy. Beginning at an early age, he loved school and developed a strong work ethic, receiving a full scholarship to complete both undergraduate and medical degrees. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, he served in the Navy, and after at Saint Joseph Hospital and Resurrection Hospital, including a term as president of the medical staff. After an extensive career as an accomplished physician, he started a legal profession, utilizing his medical knowledge as a patient advocate. In addition to his scholarly accomplishments and professional achievements, Ernest William is remembered for his compassion. He loved his family and friends and always had their interests at heart. Ernest William is survived by his wife, Anita, and two sons, Ernest and Andrew, with their spouses, Samantha and Maria. These words are a tribute to his legacy, but his true legacy lives on through us all. Although Ernest William has passed, he will always be in our hearts. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society of Chicago, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601, Youthbuild of Lake County, 2303 Kemble Ave., North Chicago, IL 60064 or a charity of your choice. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or
February 14, 1946 - November 8, 201902/14/194611/08/2019
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Beth Ginsburg
November 23, 2019
Ernie was my colleague and office mate for many years. He was a brilliant surgeon and was adored by his patients. His love and devotion for his family and friends was laudable. I’ve thought of him often over the years and am very saddened to learn of his passing. Such a ... Continue Reading
M. Frances Monaghan-Garrard
November 15, 2019
Dr. Beutel was and still is a wonderful man, he will be missed.
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Cheryl Felix
November 14, 2019
Please except my sympathy in the loss of Dr. Beutel. May his wife, sons and families feel the love of our Lord in this time of sorrow. I am an operating room nurse who worked with Dr. Beutel many years at Resurrection Medical Center. When people ask if they remember w... Continue Reading
November 14, 2019
My wife Georgia was Medical staff secretary at Resurrection Hospital when Ernie was president. I had the pleasure Ernie at the hospital thru my wife and considered him a friend. Ernie's dad was a Chicago Police Officer and we spent many times talking about his childhood... Continue Reading
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Leah Cominsky
November 13, 2019
Ernie was the smartest man I'll ever get the chance to meet, and someone I've always respected while working for his law firm for the last four years. He truly enjoyed the work that he did as a doctor and an attorney, and he was always more than happy to be helping othe... Continue Reading
Madelynne & Dale Johnson
November 12, 2019
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Brian Hurst
November 12, 2019
Ernie’s life should be a bio-pic. He was an extraordinary man who lived to learn and to help and serve others. There was no better or more loyal friend and partner. And he was simply brilliant. We spent a lot of time together and the thing that was always clearest to me ... Continue Reading
Brian Ashe
November 11, 2019
Ernie was one of the smartest, kindest, dedicated and open individuals I have every known. He never asked much from anyone else but always gave back generously to others. Even in his last, most difficult days, he only asked me for prayers.
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Katherine Ritter
November 12, 2019
I worked as an OR nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital more than 40 years ago. Even as a young surgeon then, there was a dedication to Dr. Beutel and his work. An essence to his spirit that was different from the other surgeons. He must have made a difference in thousands ... Continue Reading